Best Memorial Day Quotes

“Memorial Day remains one of America’s most cherished patriotic observances,” wrote Congressman Doc Hastings. “The spirit of this day has not changed — it remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy. Those who have traveled to other countries and have witnessed the abuses of power and human rights, return to America with greater appreciation for the freedom that so many take for granted. Bookshelf honors the heroes who have defended the nation’s peace, freedoms, and way of life with the greatest sacrifice — their lives. Here are some of the best quotations that capture the importance and meaning of Memorial Day.

Joseph Campbell: “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”

Benjamin Disraeli: “The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: “Your silent tents of green / We deck with fragrant flowers; / Yours has the suffering been, / The memory shall be ours.”

Nathan Hale: “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for why country.”

Abraham Lincoln: “I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.: “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

George Patton: “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”

Plato: “Only the dead have seen the end of war.”

Harry Truman: “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. American will never forget their sacrifices.”

Daniel Webster: “Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.”

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